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FLORIDA – Salt water bacteria kills 10 people, infects 31


Via: NY Daily News

Patty Konietzky thought the small purple lesion on her husband’s ankle was a  spider bite. But when the lesion quickly spread across his body like a  constellation, she knew something wasn’t right.

After a trip to the hospital and a day and a half later, Konietzky’s  59-year-old husband was dead.

The diagnosis: vibrio vulnificus (vih-BREE’-oh VUHL’-nihf-ih-kus), an  infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. It’s in the same family  of bacterium that causes cholera. So far this year, 31 people across Florida  have been infected by the severe strain of vibrio, and 10 have died.

“I thought the doctors would treat him with antibiotics and we’d go home,”  said Konietzky, who lives in Palm Coast, Fla. “Never in a million years it  crossed my mind that this is where I’d be today.”

State health officials say there are two ways to contract the disease: by  eating raw, tainted shellfish — usually oysters — or when an open wound comes in  contact with bacteria in warm seawater.


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Doctors at the NIH (National Institute of Health) – non-essential workers,  ‘furloughed’

FDA Oyster inspection – ‘non-essential’ workers, ‘furloughed’






October 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) Shutdown locks 30 kids with cancer out of treatment programs per week


Via: Raw Story

Each week that Republican politicians refuse to end the shutdown of the federal government results in 200 cancer patients being unable to enroll in treatment programs at the National Institutes of Health, 30 of them children. According to the Atlantic, the number came from a Wall Street Journal article with an interview with NIH director Francis Collins.

“At the National Institutes of Health,” said the Journal, “nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said.”

Brad Plumer at the Washington Post reported that the NIH Clinical Center is often the last hope of very ill patients.








October 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment